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A balky furnace and a dystopian novel helped put the coronavirus shutdown into perspective

Published in The Colorado Sun, Write on, Colorado!

“Why didn’t my carbon monoxide monitor go off?” I ask the masked and gloved repairman who has just informed me he is legally required to turn off my furnace.

I’d called for a routine furnace servicing knowing it probably only had a few years of life left, but hadn’t expected this. Frankly, I’d been reluctant to schedule it wondering if I should have anyone from the outside in the house right now.

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